Honesty Is The Best Policy

LONDON: Ray Connolly is certainly getting down to the ‘nitty gritty’ with the questions he has been asking showbiz celebrities in his featured interviews in the Saturday night editions of London’s Evening Standard.

On February 17 the enormously popular Radio One disc jockey Michael Pasternak, better known to liteners as Emperor Rosko, was asked the following question: “Had he ever had a homosexual experience?” To this Rosko honestly answered: “I went through it you know, I experimented and found it didn’t appeal to me and that was the end of it. I was about sixteen or seventeen.

Photograph: R.I.Poff
“I grew up surrounded by homosexuals in Hollywood so it was never a mystery to me. It was just a facet of life – the same as you run into a hundred things that you want to do before you die.”

It is of no consequence whether Rosko is gay or not. He says no, and that’s fair enough. What is important it seems to us at Gay News, is that someone who has to be very much aware of his public image, should be so explicit in his reply to what may have been an embarrassingly awkward question to some ‘stars’. Many would have undoubtedly avoided giving an honest answer.

Maybe there is a moral in this piece somewhere? Perhaps some of us could learn something from Rosko’s outspoken manner?

Who’s Kidding Who: Ep. 3 – Star Turns

LONDON: The British press is taking great trouble to point out that popular musical entertainers are not gay.

Ray Connolly interviewed David Bowie, Brixton’s answer to Garbo — at least inasmuch as he won’t give interviews, according to his Mainman organisation. So Connolly’s interview with David Bowie appeared in the Evening Standard making the now obligatory statement that David is not a homosexual.

Mr Connolly, known for his accuracy, ascribed to David and his wife Angela a daughter aged 18 months called Zowie – last heard of as a son in Newsweek.

Photograph: Allan Warren, Camera Press London
Next day Tony Palmer, the former pop-writer got it on for the mums and gave us the low-down on Liberace’s life.

Mr Palmer, who just happened to mention that he’s spent the last four months making a documentary about Mr Liberace – a property he obviously has an interest in selling – confided to readers of The Observer “Contrary to gossip, he is not lonely nor oppressed by his mother. His taste is controlled, even demure … He is not a homosexual …”

Above and around Mr Palmer’s effusions about Liberace’s ‘demure’ taste were pictures of Liberace’s chintz and tinsel Hollywood home, with the Star posing just off centre in electric blue lounging clothes.